On the 25th of January at the Todor Proeski Memorial House in Krusevo, the 38th birthday of the now deceased legendary Macedonian singer Tose Proeski will be celebrated.
Macedonian singer and friend to Tose, Elena Risteska, will perform for the event and it shall include some of Tose’s originals.
Elena Risteska was the winner of the musical reality show “Play – Search for a Star”, and has since become a mainstay in the Macedonian musical scene. Since winning the reality show, she’s gone on to release several popular albums & numerous hit singles such as “Ninanajna”, “Ona Drugoto”, “Esen Vo Mene”, and “Opasni Vreminja”. “Ninanajna” was her featured single when she represented Macedonia in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, where she placed 12th overall – the highest finish ever for Macedonia. She’s won a multitude of awards in her career, and the celebration is honored to have her.
Tose Proeski was a legendary Aromanian singer born in Prilep but raised in Krusevo. His musical talent was discovered at the tender age of 12, and then began his rise to stardom in 1996 at musical festival “Melfest” in Prilep. From then on, he became renowned as a once-in-a-generation Macedonian singer sometimes referred to as the “Elvis Presley of the Balkans”. He participated in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest representing his home country of Macedonia and placed 14th. In addition to his numerous musical accomplishments, he was a well respected humanitarian appointed a regional UNICEF Ambassador in 2003. He was also awarded the Mother Theresa Humanitarian Award and dedicated a number of his concerts to charity. Tose’s final concert, prior to his untimely passing, was dedicated to the Primary Education Project for the USAID and helped contribute tens of thousands of euros to primary schools in Macedonia. Following his death in the early morning hours of October 16th, Tose was laid to rest in his hometown of Krusevo. He left behind a legacy of musical achievement and humanitarian giving that endeared him to the Macedonian public & has been commemorated long since his passing.